The two leaders that are Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his counterpart, the Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, met on Thursday October 10th to discuss Brexit and agreed they can "see a pathway to a possible deal," according to a Downing Street statement.
The talks represented a last-ditch Brexit discussion, with just days left to strike a divorce deal with the European Union amid a tense atmosphere, after the UK and EU blamed each other in the past few days for the lack of progress made in the withdrawal process.
The two men were set for a private meeting on Thursday October 10th on undisclosed “neutral” territory, the Guardian reported. The place where the two leaders were speaking for over two hours turned out to be the grounds of Thornton Manor in north-west England. Downing Street banned media from attending the talks and had refused to disclose where they were taking place beforehand.
Varadkar declared previously that the British government’s demand for Northern Ireland to leave the EU customs union upon Brexit taking place poses a “grave difficulty” for the government of the republic. But later in the afternoon, the BBC cited No 10 saying in a statement that the talks were "constructive" and Johnson and Varadkar believe a Brexit deal "is in everybody's interest."
The EU summit next week on Thursday October 17th and Friday October 18th will be the last chance for Johnson to secure a deal to present to parliament for approval. If he fails to get parliament to back either a withdrawal agreement or a no-deal Brexit, he will have to ask Brussels for an extension to the October 31st Brexit deadline.